United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner Statement on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama

Washington, D.C.

October 9, 2009


Megan Rabbitt

“We congratulate President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to fostering a new climate of global cooperation in international politics. We applaud his commitment to reengaging the international community and supporting global institutions, such as the United Nations.

“In less than one year, President Obama has elevated the importance of the United Nations and global cooperation in its policies. Most importantly, working with Ambassador Susan E. Rice, he has significantly strengthened the U.S.-UN relationship and fully paid all overdue American dues to the U.N.

“His continued leadership, including his high-level participation in the U.N. Security Council’s addressing of the threat of nuclear weapons, ensures that the U.S. continues to be a key leader in the international community and continues to address challenges, including nuclear proliferation, climate change, and disease prevention.

“We can’t afford to go it alone.  This is an exciting time when global cooperation is recognized to be necessary for securing a peaceful and prosperous world.”


About the United Nations Foundation

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.  The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

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